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W.W. Grainger – Top Safety Distributors

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Headquarters: Lake Forest, IL
2013 Revenues: $1.69 billion (safety)
Change in Sales from 2012: 10.59%
Employees: 4,800
Locations: U.S. (390); Canada (171); Total Business (709)
2013 Acquisitions: E&R Industrial Sales, Safety Solutions, Inc.
Key Executives: James T. Ryan, chairman, president and CEO; Laura D. Brown, senior vice president, communications and investor relations; Court D. Carruthers, Group President, Americas; Joseph High, Chief People Officer; John Howard, general counsel; Michael Ali, CIO; Ronald Jadin, CFO; D G Macpherson, Group President, Global Supply Chain and International; Paul Miller, vice president, Global eCommerce Customer Information and Innovation; Debra Oler, vice president and general manager, Grainger Brand; Paige Robbins, vice president, Americas Supply Chain; Kinya Seto, senior vice president, Online Business

Grainger (NYSE: GWW) reports that its market share is about 6 percent in the global MRO market. Its plan is to continue to grow organically and by acquisition. It now offers more than 570,000 SKUs in its U.S. catalog. Other than product expansion, Grainger’s growth drivers include expanding its sales force and building out inventory management services through its KeepStock program. E-commerce is also critical for Grainger, with more than 30 percent of company sales, or $2.7 billion, coming through its online platform.

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